If you ask me, the importance of coaching changes is one of the most overlooked aspects of fantasy football. It’s not that we’re ignorant of coaches and what effect they can have, but rather that we tend to paint with very broad strokes and work in generalities. We operate on assumptions like “the New Orleans Saints have a good passing offense, I want a piece of that” or “I want any player Aaron Rodgers is targeting.”
While these things may be true, all too often they are retrospective analysis – we find out too late that the Los Angeles Rams, for instance, are now a really good offensive team.
In this series, I’ll take a close look at the major coaching changes throughout the league. My goal is to provide a little more context of what to expect out of the new regimes and hopefully help you find some angles to attack in your leagues this off-season.
In some cases, it can be hard to pinpoint the exact reason one coach or another is let go. Jim Caldwell was a good example of this – he didn’t really do anything wrong in Detroit, he just didn’t do enough right. But sometimes, the reason a coach gets the axe is as clear as the nose on his face, or in the case of Ben McAdoo, as clear as the gel in his hair. When McAdoo elected to bench Eli Manning for Geno Smith, the writing was on the wall. McAdoo had to go.
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